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New college based across Bexleyheath, Erith and Sidcup expected to be approved next week

PUBLISHED: 14:41 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 05 April 2017

Bexley Council offices

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The proposal will be discussed at a public cabinet meeting

Plans to unite two services to create a wider education and recruitment-driven college will be discussed next week.

The proposal to bring together The Learning Centre Bexley and Resources Plus claims it could help local people improve their skills and take advantage of new opportunities created by growth in the borough.

Bexley council’s cabinet members are expected to approve the proposed Learning and Enterprise College Bexley, at a meeting on Tuesday, April 11.

Should all go through as planned, the vocational and community college could run from three sites including Erith Riverside Shopping Centre.

It would continue to use the Learning Centre’s base on Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, while another site would operate in Sidcup.

A spokesperson from the council said: “If the proposal is approved as expected, the new College will offer a wider range of opportunities, from learning for work, skills and employment and inter-generational learning for families, to personal development, health and wellbeing.

“It will also promote the arts and culture to help boost the economy and bring diverse communities together.

The College will also provide services to help more vulnerable residents, by providing them with supported learning for life, and by offering employment for adults with special educational needs or disabilities.

“Creating new opportunities for residents is at the heart of our plans for growth,” said Linda Bailey, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration & growth. “Provided it is managed well, growth will create exciting new opportunities for people of all ages.

“The new College will help to equip them with the skills to take advantage of these opportunities and prosper in the new economy, as well as offering activities to enhance their quality of life.

“The number of jobs for those with lower level qualifications is already reducing due to technological change, so it’s important that people have the opportunity to improve their skills so they are not left behind.”

The cabinet meeting at Bexley Civic Offices is open to the public, and will also be available online via this link https://bexley.public-i.tv/core/portal/home.

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